3 key things to watch for in the Reds upcoming series with the Pirates

Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson (37) eyes a tag.
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson (37) eyes a tag. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Can the Reds veterans continue to lead the charge?

Tommy Pham has taken his revenge tour to another level. The Cincinnati Reds left fielder, after a slow start to the 2022 season, has been on a tear of late. Over the last 15 games, Pham has hit .345/.419/.655 with four home runs and six RBIs.

Joining Pham during the Reds most recent series was Mike Moustakas. Did a trip back to Milwaukee arise a sleeping giant? Please say, yes! Reds Country has been dying to see Moustakas get his swing back and post the type of numbers that we all know he's capable of.

The Reds also have to hope that Joey Votto joins the show as well. The former MVP has been mired in a slump and a recent trip to the IL isn't going to help matters at all. Votto needs to get going in the worst way if this Cincinnati team wants to avoid futility and start playing winnings baseball. David Bell has yet to reveal exactly how long Votto will be absent from the Reds lineup.

Kyle Farmer is another veteran that needs to get off the scheid. After lacing four two-baggers in a game during the Reds last homestand, Farmer's bat has gone silent. The Cincinnati shortstop is now 10-for-56 over his last 15 games.

David Bell needs his veterans to step up and lead the way for these young players. Tyler Stephenson, Nick Senzel, and Jonathan India are the future of the Cincinnati Reds franchise, but at the moment, the veterans need to show the rest of the team how to overcome adversity.